Ghost nets en Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County <p>They&rsquo;re known as ghost nets &ndash; old tangles of synthetic lines snagged on underwater rocks or reefs and left behind by fishermen as long as seventy years ago.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>A <a href="">coalition </a>out of Mount Vernon has removed thousands of them over the past decade.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s still work to be done, but they&rsquo;re running out of funding.&nbsp;</p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><blockquote><p>Since 2002, The Northwest Straights Initiative has removed nearly four thousand derelict fishing nets from shallow waters of Puget Sound.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Because they just don&rsquo;t degrade. They can get torn apart by wave action, but they won&rsquo;t degrade,&quot; says Northwest Straits Initiative Director, Ginny Broadhurst. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 23:16:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1831 at Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County Preview: Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County <p>(Updated at 11:49 a.m. with new photos)</p><p>This morning I&rsquo;ll be up early, heading to Sandy Point Marina, near Bellingham, for a short field trip with the non-profit Northwest Straits.&nbsp; They&rsquo;re a non-partisan group that&rsquo;s been removing derelict fishing gear from the waters of the region for the past decade.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:55:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1825 at Preview: Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County